A maskil of Asaph.

1 aMy people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth.

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    • Ĭ 78:1 - Title: Probably a literary or musical term
      2 I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old—

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      3 things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us.

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      4 We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.

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      5 He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children,

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      6 so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.

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      7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

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      8 They would not be like their ancestors— a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.

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          9 The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle;

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          10 they did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his law.

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          11 They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them.

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          12 He did miracles in the sight of their ancestors in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan.

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          13 He divided the sea and led them through; he made the water stand up like a wall.

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          14 He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night.

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          15 He split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them water as abundant as the seas;

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          16 he brought streams out of a rocky crag and made water flow down like rivers.
          17 But they continued to sin against him, rebelling in the wilderness against the Most High.

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          18 They willfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved.

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          19 They spoke against God; they said, “Can God really spread a table in the wilderness?

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          20 True, he struck the rock, and water gushed out, streams flowed abundantly, but can he also give us bread? Can he supply meat for his people?”

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          21 When the LORD heard them, he was furious; his fire broke out against Jacob, and his wrath rose against Israel,

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          22 for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance.

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          23 Yet he gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens;

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          24 he rained down manna for the people to eat, he gave them the grain of heaven.

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          25 Human beings ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat.
          26 He let loose the east wind from the heavens and by his power made the south wind blow.

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          27 He rained meat down on them like dust, birds like sand on the seashore.

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          28 He made them come down inside their camp, all around their tents.
          29 They ate till they were gorged— he had given them what they craved.

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          30 But before they turned from what they craved, even while the food was still in their mouths,

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          31 God’s anger rose against them; he put to death the sturdiest among them, cutting down the young men of Israel.

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          32 In spite of all this, they kept on sinning; in spite of his wonders, they did not believe.

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              33 So he ended their days in futility and their years in terror.

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              34 Whenever God slew them, they would seek him; they eagerly turned to him again.

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              35 They remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their Redeemer.

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              36 But then they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him with their tongues;

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              37 their hearts were not loyal to him, they were not faithful to his covenant.

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              38 Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath.

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              39 He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.

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